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EPA's Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule will almost certainly be challenged and EPA is the underdog in the...

EPA picked another Clean Water Act fight with the United States Supreme Court last week and I don't understand why EPA thinks it is a fight it can win. As many of you know, the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act is...more

Governor Abbott says Texas isn't bound by the oldest Federal environmental law. He's about to learn what he should have learned in...

Law 360 is reporting on yesterday's hearing in the United States' litigation against the State of Texas to cause the removal of an unpermitted “marine barrier” placed by the State of Texas in the Rio Grande River. Putting...more

The Sacketts' lawyers have a new client and it seems like a visit to the Supreme Court is in their future!

Last August, when EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers published their tenth attempt to determine the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act, the Agencies said that regulation involved no exercise of discretion because it...more

My Mom would say that, when it comes to PFAS, the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation's eyes were bigger than its stomach!

A little over five years ago, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation gave Federal Judge Richard Gergel of South Carolina the burden of disposing of any cases “alleg[ing] that AFFF products used at airports, military...more

The DoD has played a card that only it has in the AFFF litigation but it won't get it out of PFAS purgatory

Lara Beaven, of Inside PFAS Policy, has an excellent report on the Defense Department's motion to dismiss claims for injunctive relief against the military in the AFFF multi-district litigation continuing before Federal...more

The City and County of San Francisco are about to deliver EPA & the Ninth Circuit their 3rd consecutive Clean Water Act defeat in...

The United States Supreme Court isn't done with the Clean Water Act and EPA's interpretation of it. This month the City and County of San Francisco asked the nation's highest court to overturn a split Ninth Circuit Court of...more

Next week the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from opponents of the Vineyard Wind project and that brings to mind Irwin M....

On March 5th, three Judges of the First Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from lawyers for residents of Nantucket who sued to stop the Vineyard Wind project, the first utility-scale offshore wind energy project in in the...more

The Judge's decision vacating EPA's approval of Florida's "dredge and fill" permit authority has serious implications for our...

Last week a DC Federal Judge vacated EPA's approval of the State of Florida's application to assume the Army Corps of Engineers' authority to issue “dredge and fill” permits under Section 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act....more

The PFAS Liability Abyss

Some of you may be old enough to remember the movie Wall Street and, if you are, you might remember that just before Bud is taken into federal custody, Lou says “man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him....more

EPA's execution of its PFAS road map proves the wheels of justice aren't the only ones that turn slowly.

While I was on vacation last week, EPA proposed to identify as “hazardous constituents” nine of the “forever chemicals" known collectively as PFAS. EPA's proposal will now be subject to public comment before perhaps being...more

Yes, Governor Healey, let's future-proof our communities, not abandon them. Let's start by making it easier to implement...

There was a lot to like about what Governor Healey had to say about our rapidly changing climate in her State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday evening, especially about her expectation that Massachusetts will be the leader...more

Another PFAS Clean Water Act Citizen Suit and there may be thousands more of these fish in the barrel.

Lara Beaven of Inside PFAS Policy is reporting on another PFAS citizen suit under the Federal Clean Water Act. This one, by Tennessee Riverkeeper, alleges that PFAS are being discharged from a former Lebanon, Tennessee...more

The Navy is going to get a Clean Water Act NPDES permit authorizing its firing of munitions. What's next?

Sam Hess of Inside EPA is reporting that the U.S. Navy has agreed to apply for a Federal Clean Water Act NPDES permit authorizing the continuing use of the firing range at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren on the...more

We already knew many Federal Judges weren't deferring to EPA, now the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals isn't deferring to Judges...

Just before the holidays I wrote about three Judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals who decided, over the Army Corps of Engineers' objection, to apply the Supreme Court's Sackett test for determining whether something...more

The Osage Nation of Killers of the Flower Moon Fame Had a Big Win in Federal Court This Week

A Federal Judge in Oklahoma has ordered the ejectment of 84 wind turbines on 8400 acres of Osage County Oklahoma. The problem for the developers of the wind farm is that they leased the surface of those 8400 acres from the...more

An early Christmas present from three Fifth Circuit Judges who concluded a Louisiana property is not subject to Federal Clean...

Garry Lewis owns 2000 acres in Livingston Parish, Louisiana and he has been fighting with the Army Corps of Engineers over whether any of those 2000 acres are wetlands subject to Federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction for over...more

The monumental PFAS settlements with water suppliers aren't out of the woods but give the Judge, Class Counsel, and Defense...

Many of the nation's public water suppliers and certain manufacturers of PFAS used in fire fighting foam are one step closer to massive class action settlements after a “fairness hearing” before Federal District Court Judge...more

Oppenheimer isn't the only Los Alamos blockbuster this year. EPA has another one with its exercise of its Residual Designation...

You may have thought the movie Oppenheimer would be the only blockbuster involving Los Alamos, New Mexico this year. But now EPA has invoked its rarely used Residual Designation Authority under section 402 of the Clean Water...more

Now a Federal Judge in Louisiana will determine the validity of EPA's interpretation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

When EPA published its most recent rule specifying the role of States and Tribes in the Federal permitting of discharges into Waters of the United States, I predicted it was only a matter of time before we'd see another...more

Kudos to the Healey-Driscoll Administration for a continued focus on our approaching climate change crisis, but we need to start...

The Healey-Driscoll Administration's announcement of its ResilientCoasts Initiative garnered a lot of attention, as it should have. If you believe the scientists (and, if you don't, you might as well stop reading here), we...more

EPA's new Maui Functional Equivalence Guidance is guidance in name only as confusion continues to reign over the reach of the...

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday EPA issued draft guidance regarding when a discharge of a “pollutant” to groundwater is the “functional equivalent” of a discharge to a Water of the United States requiring a NPDES permit...more

Half of the United States have now thrown everything but the kitchen sink at EPA's and the Corps of Engineers' WOTUS rule. What...

When EPA and the Corps of Engineers published their tenth attempt to determine the reach of the Federal Clean Water Act, I said the only question remaining was how many of the States and NGOs who challenged EPA's and the...more

This is NOT a drill! EPA is going to require billions of dollars of PFAS remediation in many places, including at already "closed"...

Yesterday, I spoke with Sarah Mattalian, an Inside EPA reporter writing a story about the suggestion by an EPA official that EPA might require additional PFAS investigations and clean up at properties that had already been...more

These NGOs shouldn't be allowed to second guess what Congress & the President say is in our interests in the face of our climate...

Law 360 is reporting this morning on an NGO petition to the Army Corps of Engineers demanding that it not apply a Nationwide Permit covering the construction of "pipelines that transport water, sewage, and ‘other substances’”...more

Nature may abhor a vacuum but North Carolina has learned the same isn't true of Europeans with PFAS they don't want.

Since EPA published its PFAS road map just a little more than two years ago, I've often commended EPA for its ambitious plan to regulate the forever and everywhere chemicals known collectively as PFAS. After all, if, as EPA...more

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